Sports Journalist, Philip Merril College of Journalism, University of Maryland
Kevin Blackistone is a longtime national sports columnist now at The Washington Post, a panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, a visiting professor at the University of Maryland, a commentator on National Public Radio and co-author of A Gift for Ron, a memoir by former NFL star Everson Walls published in November 2009 about his kidney donation to one-time teammate Ron Springs.
Blackistone is a former sports columnist for AOL Fanhouse from October 2007 to March 2011 and an award-winning sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News from September 1990 to September 2006.
He started his journalism career in earnest in 1981 as a city reporter at The Boston Globe. He moved to Chicago in 1983 to write for The Chicago Reporter, a monthly investigative magazine on Chicago’s racial and social issues. He joined The Dallas Morning News in 1986 as a general assignment reporter before joining the business page where he covered economics for several years. In 1990, after covering Nelson Mandela’s U.S. tour, Blackistone moved to the sports page where over the next 16 years he covered the Summer Olympics, Super Bowl, Wimbledon, the World Cup, the Tour de France, the British Open, the NBA Finals, Final Four, national college football championship, NFL playoffs, Major League Baseball playoffs, world championship boxing matches and other events more than once.
From 2007 to 2011, he wrote a sports column for AOL Fanhouse, opining from Africa’s first World Cup that was held in South Africa in 2010 as well as from Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. For three years in the late ’90s, he also wrote the sports column at Emerge, a monthly review of politics and culture that Time magazine hailed as an “uncompromising voice that made [it] the nation’s best black news magazine.”
Blackistone is a recipient of numerous awards, including awards for sports column writing from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, for investigative reporting from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and for enterprise reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists. Blackistone was a Davenport Fellow at the University of Missouri and a Wharton Business Journalism Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Martin Luther King Fellow at Boston University as a graduate student.
Blackistone is on the board of directors of the Society for Features Journalism Foundation and he serves on the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Task Force on Recruiting for Academic Diversity.
He has authored academic journal articles on diversity in sports media and hagiography in sports film documentary. He was a visiting lecturer at Beijing Sport University in summer 2014.